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To provide a pleasant and natural environment towards enhancing the physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities of children and young adults with special needs through the experience of equestrian therapy.
Stretching mind and muscles, therapeutic horseback riding produces remarkable benefits, and is recognized as one of the most progressive forms of therapy, gaining recognition world-wide. The warmth and rhythmic movement of the horse provides numerous physical benefits. The feeling of mobility and being able to control such a large animal provides psychological benefits leading to a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. Children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, Angel man syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, as well as those with learning disabilities, hearing or visual impairments benefit from therapeutic horseback riding. Under the supervision of trained personnel, Reins of Life develops the most beneficial therapeutic riding program to meet the needs and goals of our riders. Carefully trained horses, special equipment and procedures are used to ensure each rider's safety. The therapeutic qualities of horseback riding are recognized by many medical professionals, including the American Physical therapy Association, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
- Judy Freedman Hendrickson
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